KDE Window Manager Problem
Merton Campbell Crockett
mcc at CATO.GD-AIS.COM
Sun Mar 6 18:46:11 GMT 2005
My apologies for sending to both lists but I am having a serious problem
with the KDE Window Manager, KDE Control Panel, and/or X Windows.
I am running SuSE 9.2 Professional. Initially, I thought that the problem
was related to the latest update to the latest X Server update as I the
window problem was observed after the update was applied. I reported this
I use Pine as my mail application. When opened from the "Application"
menu, it opens in a Konsole window with a geometry of 82x66. I have
excerpts from log files on various systems that I support mailed to me.
To view those messages without line wrap, I click the maximize button on
the window frame. When I finish viewing the message, I click on the
maximize button to restore the window to its original size.
Not long after the patch was applied, I noticed that the window could no
longer be restored to its original size. When the window was restored the
geometry changed to 82x44. After repeatedly changing the Konsole window
settings to 82x66, the window would, when initially opened, be the correct
size; however, after being maximized, it would only be restored to a size
In frustration, I mucked about with the desktop appearance settings using
the KDE Control Panel without much success in correcting the above
problem. I did manage to introduce a new problem that leads me to believe
that the problem is in kwin.
When I log into the system. The "kicker" panel and the KDE "splash" panel
are displayed. When the KDE "splash" panel closes, the visible portion of
my desktop is in the top left corner of the screen and is exactly the same
size as the KDE "splash" panel. Except for the "kicker" panel at the
bottom, the rest of the screen is black.
Any new window that is opened will be opened with the exact same size as
the last window that had "focus". Now when Pine is activated, it has the
same size as the "kicker" panel.
The maximize/restore operation discussed in the initial problem has gone
away. You can maximize a window and have it restored to the geometry it
had before it was maximized.
If you open a second window, it will be exactly the same size as the first
window. The application's window geometry is ignored.
This is a "per user" problem. It only occurs when using the KDE Window
Manager. If you select another window manager when you login, the problem
does not exist. If you login as another user that has not made any recent
changes to his KDE Desktop configuration, the problem doesn't exist.
The problem only seems to exist for users that have made changes after the
following patches were made.
kdebase3-51958 January 2005
kdelibs3-51960 January 2005
xorg-x11-libs-51973 January 2005
xorg-x11-server-52030 February 2005
I don't have any. It seems that one of the resource files is corrupted
and needs to be manually changed to restore the correct behaviour. Does
anyone have a suggestion on how to correct the problem?
Merton Campbell Crockett
FN: Merton Campbell Crockett
ORG: General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems;
Intelligence and Exploitation Systems
EMAIL;TYPE=internet: mcc at CATO.GD-AIS.COM
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